Pittsburgh Steelers star TJ Watt managed to put together a Pro Bowl season with 5.5 sacks and 39 tackles despite playing in just 10 games thanks to a pectoral injury suffered in Week 1.
The Steelers managed to go 9-8 and avoid giving coach Mike Tomlin the first losing season of his career. However, like 30 of the 32 teams, it will also watch Super Bowl LVII from home on February 12.
One of the main storylines of the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles is that of the Kelce brothers playing against each other. Travis Kelce will take his place as tight end for Patrick Mahomes, while Jason Kelce will guard Jalen Hurts.
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Watt reflected on playing with and against his brothers in a recent interview with Fox News Digital. Watt faced off against his older brother JJ when the recently retired star was with the Houston Texans in 2020. Middle brother Derek now plays with TJ, but the two clashed when the fullback was playing for the Los Angeles Chargers.
«I think it’s amazing. It’s something you only dream of growing up in the same house,» said the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year. «That’s what gave me the confidence to be in the NFL — JJ did it, Derek did it «Why can’t I do it? And to be able to play against them is amazing. Being on the same team as Derek, especially these last two years…I don’t know if I’ll really understand how special he is until I retire and feel to have a drink and go, ‘My God, that was really cool.
Although Watt plays in the AFC North, he has had experience facing the offensive lines of the Eagles and Chiefs in recent years. However, he told Fox News Digital that what really helps up front is how good the quarterbacks are playing.
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«The offensive lines are obviously great. They had a good year and I think it also helps that the quarterbacks are playing at such a high level,» he said. «You’re seeing a lot more mobile quarterbacks. I mean, every year it seems like some teams are converting from a traditional pro style to a mobile quarterback. And I think any offensive lineman will tell you that that makes things a little bit more easy for them at times and also frustrating at times because they fight, they kind of cling to us but I think both teams are very capable of winning the game that’s obviously what got them there and I’m sure it will .come down to the wire».
Watt spoke on behalf of Invisalign as the two enter another year of partnership. Watt has used Invisalign since March 2022.
Like most people who aren’t 6-foot-4 and 252 pounds, the linebacker told Fox News Digital that the entire dental process was «intimidating for him» and that’s why it took him a while to finish the process. He said that now he is more confident than ever in his smile.
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«But when I found out how easy the process was, and I’m even back here in Wisconsin, and I can practice, I FaceTimed the guy who’s been working on my teeth in Pittsburgh and he said, ‘You’re on your way. You only have a few more left. layups more. And it hasn’t been painful at all,» he said. «It’s been super painless and I’m very confident. I encourage anyone who thinks there’s a stigma that it hurts or that it intimidates you: don’t do it at all.»
Invisalign has been the Official Clear Aligner Sponsor of the NFL since August 2020 and is a Corporate Sponsor of NFL Honors.
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Super Bowl LVII will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 12. It will air on FOX.